May, King Abdullah of Jordan discuss terrorism, ties

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) meets with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Amman, April 3, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Jordan’s King Abullah II have met in the kingdom’s capital of Amman, discussing terrorism and cooperation on various levels in the wake of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

May met Abdullah shortly after arriving in Amman on Monday, kicking off a three-day tour of the region aimed at expanding ties with Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Boosting strategic ties and forging closer military cooperation topped the agenda of the two allies, according to Jordan’s state news agency Petra.

May and Abdullah also discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the fight on terror.

The Jordanian king condoled May on the recent terror attack that killed four and hurt dozens in London and condemned the “cowardly” move, the report added.

May thanked the monarch for what she called his contributions to achieving peace and stability in the Middle East.

Jordan has been actively contributing to the US-led coalition’s airstrikes against alleged Daesh (ISIL) positions in Iraq and Syria since 2014, which have failed to yield a meaningful outcome despite heavy civilian casualties.

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) talking to British Prime Minster Theresa May (2-R) during their visit to a military base, near Amman, April 3, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The country is also participating in Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against Yemen, an unprovoked war that has killed thousands of civilians and destroyed the impoverished country’s infrastructure.

Earlier, it was reported that May would announce the deployment of the British military trainers in Jordan to train the kingdom’s air force personnel.

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After the meeting, May and Abdullah visited Command of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) and were briefed on the training courses implemented within the framework of a joint military training and cooperation program between the two countries.

May also met with her Jordanian counterpart, Hani Mulki as well as the country’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lieutenant General Mahmoud Abdul Halim Freihat.

Mulki echoed Abdullah’s views on a range of topics and emphasized on the “centrality” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the importance of the two-state solution, according to Petra.

May was expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Before leaving the UK, May told reporters that it was in London’s interest to bolster ties with Amman and Riyadh.

“It is clearly in the UK's security and prosperity interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programs to ensure their own stability,” she said.

Britain has continued to sell billions of pounds worth of arms to the Saudi regime since the start of its military campaign against neighboring Yemen in March 2015. The lucrative arms trade comes despite protests from human rights groups and the United Nations that UK-manufactured weapons have been used to bomb non-military targets. More than 12,000 Yemeni people have lost their lives during the two-year Saudi-led offensive.


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